Jamie's Classical Guitar Build Log


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Cambrian Model HD-1

A classical guitar derived from the 1937 Hauser design, using the John Bogdanovich modified bracing, and a bolt-on neck with mortise and tenon that looks exactly like a Spanish heel.

This particular guitar (being made for Jamie) has a master quality Sitka spruce top, master quality Indian rosewood back and sides, solid mahogany one-piece neck with carbon fiber rod, ebony fretboard, rosewood bridge, spalted maple rosette and headstock with Zipflex select abalone purfling, and Schaller tuners. It has a 640mm scale length (slightly shorter than standard), and slightly narrower string spacing and action than a standard classical - this was all at the request of the customer. You can have a nice Cambrian HD-1 guitar like this, custom made with your choice of woods/finish, for less than you'd think!
Fretting is now done. I made hemi-semispherical ends on the frets - these both look great and feel nice to play. I smoothed out the back of the headstock "V" to make it nicer on the hands also. You may notice that the back and sides of the guitar have several coats of pore-filling epoxy (Z-Poxy Finishing Resin) applied. They need one more wash coat, then it's on to finishing with pre-catalyzed urathane (customer's choice).